Toy car and box, No.50, metal / wood / rope, clockwork-operated, made by George Carette & Co, Nuremberg, Germany, 1906 This tin toy car features an early automotive body style reminiscent of a horsedrawn vehicle. It has carriage lamps next to the windscreen, no doors, a coal scuttle-shaped louvred bonnet and large artillery wheels with solid rubber tyres. Both the passengers and driving staff are painted and sit in seats with tin-printed decoration representing the deep-buttoned leather upholstered seats of the time. They are open to the elements except for a canopy which extends over both the passenger and driving compartments. Sitting next to the uniformed chauffeur is a footman in similar dress. The inclusion of a footman is certainly a hangover from the days of horsedrawn vehicles. In the rear passenger area two women face each other. They wear special motoring clothes typical of the period to keep their clothes free of dust, represented in painted-grey cloaks and caps. Access for the passengers was probably via a rear door. The car is largely finished in red with fine lining for the body and radiator, red for the wheels and white for the canopy. The car is made of tin plate and fitted together with tab and slot construction.
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(Accession num: 85/2560-1)
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